Optimizing the GI Tract

The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is a very special organ and performs a number of special functions that go well beyond the breakdown of foodstuffs (digestion) and absorption of nutrients. These include the destruction of pathogenic organisms and substances, the production of nutrients, the provision of energy sources for cells lining the intestine, the provision of […]

What Are the Key Characteristics of A Good Supplement?

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So many products on the market, and more being introduced every day. So many appear to be the same: same ingredients, same proportions, same claims, some making claims that should not be made. And each one claiming to be better than the competition. Here, I will briefly describe the key attributes of a good supplement, […]

Nutraceuticals in Pet Food

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The nutraceuticals pet food industry is presently worth about $5 billion based on research conducted by Mordor Intelligence published in Jan. 2016. The main reasons cited for the growing trend is favourable consumer acceptance of quality nutraceutical ingredients and a demographic that is increasingly better informed about health benefits of quality nutraceutical ingredients. People want […]

How Much Ground Flaxseed Can Animals Safely Eat

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Introduction The feed ingredient and food supplement industries for both humans and animals are reacting to the release of the 89-page EFSA “Scientific Opinion” entitled Evaluation of the health risks related to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides in foods other than raw apricot kernels. Statements at the heart of the issue include: Estimated acute {and […]